Monday, December 14, 2009

SLEEP much???

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Slipping grades. Heinous skin. Sore muscles. Before you chalk it all up to really, really bad luck, ponder this question. Are you getting enough sleep? Probably not. We need between eight and a half and nine and a half hours a night. A lack of z's won;t just make you cranky- it can affect everything from your health to your ability to string a coherent sentence together. Here are something to consider before you pull your next all nighter.

It does a mind and body good!
A little science: When you're asleep, your brain passes through several stages about every 90 minutes. The whole process helps the brain consolidate what it;s learning.

Sleep also helps your body regenerate muscle tissue, which gets tiny tears while you're up and about. That's part of the reason your limbs feel like lead when you're overtired. Also too little sleep can mess with your coordination because your brain is functioning more slowly that it should. Not only will staying up late screw up your chances of scoring a goal on the soccer field, but it also makes a simple ride to the mall a lot riskier.

A case of puffy eyes isn't the ugly consequence of staying up all night, can make you produce stress hormones that may cause breakouts- just what you need when you're already crabby. Plus when you miss out on sleep, your blood pressure and pulse drop, which can lead to sallow dry skin and even rashes. Not a good look.


TheEclecticElement said...

Oh man, trust me-I know ALL about this >.<
From a hopeless insomniac, this is ALL true. If you don't get enough sleep, you mind just seems to stop, you become more susceptible to sickness if you leave the house and your whole body aches.

Self Sagacity said...

Yes. Your article covered a lot of problems from lack of sleep. My teenagers should read this. ;-)

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